• Overview

     Conference Week - August 2016


    Sunday 21. Monday 22. Tuesday 23. Wednesday 24. Thursday 25. Friday 26. Saturday 27. Sunday 28.
    Code Sprint I Core Conference Code Sprint II
      B2B Meeting Icebreaker Gala Event
    Pub Race



    • Code sprint I: Work on the next release of your favorite osgeo-project
    • Workshops: Learn about FOSS4G programs from teacher from around the world
    • B2B meeting: Where companies get in contact
    • Core conference: The main course, with over 50 keynotes and presentations
    • Pub Race: Meet people for a beer in our selected pubs
    • Icebreaker: Get in the mood for FOSS4G with a beer and a burger
    • Gala event: Wine and dine on a boat with music
    • Code sprint II: The final joint efforts for the next FOSS4G-software releases



    Conference Week - August 2016


    Sun 21. Code Sprint I  



    Mon 22.



    Tue 23. B2B Meeting
    Wed 24.





    Thu 25. Gala Event
    Fri 26.  
    Sat 27. Code Sprint II
    Sun 28.


    • Code sprint I: Work on the next release of your favorite osgeo-project
    • Workshops: Learn about FOSS4G programs from teacher from around the world
    • B2B meeting: Where companies get in contact
    • Core conference: The main course, with over 50 keynotes and presentations
    • Pub Race: Meet people for a beer in our selected pubs
    • Icebreaker: Get in the mood for FOSS4G with a beer and a burger
    • Gala event: Wine and dine on a boat with music
    • Code sprint II: The final joint efforts for the next FOSS4G-software releases


  • Timeline


    Sponsorship officially open 2015-11-13
    Call for Participation 2016-01-21
    Early Sponsoring 10% discount finishes 2016-01-31
    Close Call for Participation 2016-03-21
    Extended Call for Scientific Trac 2016-03-28
    Begin community voting on presentations 2016-03-28
    Workshop Schedule Release 2016-04-15
    Early Bird Registration Opens 2016-04-15
    Preliminary program decisions made & posted 2016-05-01
    Early Bird Registration Discount Ends 2016-05-08
    1st Code Sprint BaseCamp 2016-08-21/23
    Workshops 2016-08-22/23
    B2B Conference 2016-08-23
    Core Conference 2016-08-24 to 26
    2nd Code Sprint BaseCamp 2016-08-27/28



  • Core Conference

      24th - 26th August


    FOSS4G 2016 Presentations


    Until the detailed programme schedule will be released, you can find all admitted presentations here: 2016.foss4g.org/talks.html


    FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) is the annual global gathering for those both currently or potentially working with open source geospatial software.

    Presentations are the heart of the conference. We expect to have around 180 presentations during the conference showing the uses of open-source geospatial software in various fields and benefits of open-source geospatial software. We will be having 6-8 parallel streams in a range of subjects from diverse fields. Each individual presentation will be allowed about 20 minutes and 5 minutes for Q&A.

    Presentations will cover any aspect of the development and use of open source geospatial software — a first impression is given below.

    The conference program will run in parallel tracks over three days. The final presentations have been judged by the program committee and the FOSS4G community as a whole.


    FOSS4G is the premier global showcase event for new applications, projects, case studies, business perspectives and training with regard to free and open source geospatial software.
    In addition to catering to the existing FOSS4G community, attendance is encouraged from anyone who considers using open source and geospatial software for the first time. The organizing committee is therefore keen to feature content which supports new users.

    Presentations deal with every FOSS4G-related subject. However the following list may help to provide some guidance on areas likely to be of interest to attendees:

    • Case Studies: actual experiences from the field
    • Benchmarks: comparisons between package
    • Business Cases: building the economic case
    • Visualization: effective presentation of information.
    • Disaster Response: software, case studies, outcomes
    • Development: new development in projects
    • Hacks and Mashes: novel solutions to all our problems
    • Collaboration: data collection, data sharing, and open standards,
    • New data: handling new data models and formats (e.g. 3D, temporal and “big data”)

    Additionally to high level technical talks four key domain topics practically connect the software with communities from neighboring domains. The key topics in 2016 are:

    • Open Data
    • Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
    • Land information
    • Disaster Management


    Important Dates

    Significant dates to note for various submissions are as follows. Please see the full calendar for other important dates.

    • Call for presentations opens 21st January
    • Call for presentations closes 21st March
    • Community voting starts 28th March
    • Community voting ends 11th April
    • Preliminary program decisions made 1st May
    • Early Bird registration discount ends 8th May

    If you have any questions please contact

  • Keynoters

    Our carefully selected keynoters will build bridges to the diversity of topics which they are specialised in. Look forward to our keynotes which will inspire you to build your own bridges to topics that might not have occurred to you before.

    Andreas Veispak

    Andreas Veispa  

    Andreas Veispak, an Estonian, started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working on and leading numerous projects across different sectors of the economy (industry, financial and insurance, telecommunications, transport, energy, the public sector) in fields related to economic development, strategic advisory, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, public-private-partnerships, due diligence and corporate recovery. He joined the European Commission in 2005 where he dealt with the automotive industry and was responsible for questions related to industrial competitiveness, energy and the environment. Between 2010 and 2015 he joined the team of the Director General of DG GROW at the European Commission (internal market, industrial competitiveness, space – Copernicus and Galileo – entrepreneurship and SMEs). He is currently the Head of Unit for Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth at the European Commission. Andreas was educated at the University of Oxford where he studied Modern History.

    The Space Data unit has been set up recently to reflect the fact that the Copernicus programme has become operational and that the European Commission increasingly needs to focus on extracting as much value as possible from the data and information it delivers. The mission of the unit is to maximise the uptake and use of Copernicus (and space data more generally) among different user groups so as to fully exploit the societal and economic potential it offers.

    More specifically, the unit is responsible for data policy, management, dissemination and access (essentially everything data related), for determining current and future user needs and promoting user uptake across different communities, for facilitating the development of new business models and stimulating innovation and new product/ service development in the downstream sector, for international relations of Copernicus as well as for communication and outreach activities.


    Bianca Hoersch

    Bianca Hoersch  

    Bianca, a German national, has been working at ESA’s Earth Observation Centre in Frascati, Italy, since 2004. As Third Party Mission Manager, Bianca has been responsible for ensuring access to Earth observation data from a wide range of partners around the globe, among them NASA, JAXA, ISRO, and KARI, interacting also with commercial data providers, European governments and user organisations.
    In 2015, as Mission Manager of the Sentinel-2 Copernicus Mission, Bianca took over the end-to-end project responsibility for the satellites' exploitation phase.

    Bianca received a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany, in a thesis with specialisation on high mountain remote sensing, geo-informatics and digital-elevation-models, supported by DLR and a scholarship of the German Research Council/DfG.

    Klaus Deininger

    Klaus Deininger  

    Klaus Deininger is Lead Economist at the Development Research Group pf the World Bank. His areas of research focus is on income and asset inequality and its relationship to poverty reduction and growth. Access to land, land markets and land reform and their impact on household welfare and agricultural productivity play a major role in reducing poverty. Land tenure and its impact on investment, including environmental sustainability in turn are core economic factors for growth but also a better livelihood. In his blog Klaus Deininger says that: "Advances in earth observation, computing power, and connectivity have tremendous potential to help governments, and us at the World Bank, support better land management, and ultimately reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity." In a recent interview with Geospatial Media he further notes that: "...we are increasingly helping countries to develop Open Source solutions to make sure that they can be maintained in the long run." Klaus Deininger is a German national with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Berlin, and an MA in theology from the University of Bonn.


  • Scientific Track


    As in previous FOSS4G conferences the FOSS4G 2016 Scientific Track provides a strong basis for building bridges for intensified collaboration among researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in the geospatial field using open source geospatial software, standards.

    We feature academic papers describing:

    • the use of open source geospatial software, standards, and data, in and for scientific research, as well as
    • academic endeavours to conceptualize, create, assess, and teach open source geospatial software and data.

    In May the chosen papers will be announced



    We will feature contributions from the following themes:

    • Architectures and frameworks for open source software and data
    • Business Models for Open Source / Open Data
    • Data Quality, Software Quality and Service Quality
    • Community Building
    • Doing more for less: Assessment of costs and benefits of open source applications and open source business models
    • Use of Open Data in public administration and services
    • FOSS and FOSS4G: Is spatial special?
    • Approaches to combine open and closed software
    • Teaching Geospatial Sciences with open source solutions
    • History of Geospatial Open Standards
    • Open Database Protection
    • Open Data Resources, Linked Open Data, Open Data Commons, Open Data Best Practices
    • Open Data Technologies and Interoperability
    • Cross-border approaches, Political Open Data Support, Licensing Policies
    • Open Source GIS application use cases, i.e., in planning, administration, infrastructure, environment and disaster management, and business
    • Implementation and benefits of open standards, needs for further developments in standardization
    • Location Based Services
    • Indoor and Outdoor Location and Mapping
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems: Open Hardware and Software
    • Urban Science/City Analytics
    • Citizen science and user generated content
    • Big Geo Data
    • Internet of Things and Internet of Places


    We invite academics and researchers to submit full papers in English, of maximum 6,000 words, before the deadline.  Submissions should follow the templates provided [5].


    Important Dates

    • Paper Submission Deadline: March 21th 2016

    • Extended Submisson Deadline: March 28th 2016

    • Decision Announcement: May 15th 2016

    • Revisions Due: July 5th 2016 (planned)

    • FOSS4G Conference: August 24h-16th 2016

    • Final submission for the journal: September 2016


    Review process

    We expect to select 20-25 papers for presentation and publication. Your contributions will be reviewed (double-blind) by geospatial experts, who will assess the papers on originality and academic rigour, as well as interest for the worldwide FOSS4G and Open Data community.

    Based on your presentation in Bonn, as well as discussion with the editors, a final selection will be made, and a final round of editing will be undertaken. In this way we hope to encourage and help especially early-stage researchers (PhD students, post-doc scientists) to strive for high-quality papers.

    8-10 papers will be published in a special issue of the renowned international online journal Transactions in GIS [1] and/or the International Journal of Cartography which was recently launched [2]. The remaining papers will be published in the online OSGeo Journal [3].



    If you have any questions, please contact the chairs of the academic committee:

    • Dr. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Spatial Information Processing, Hochschule für Technik  Stuttgart, franz-josef.behr@hft-stuttgart.de

    • Dr. A.P. Pradeepkumar, Professor of Geology, Dept of Geology, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, geo.pradeep@keralauniversity.ac.in



    [1] Transactions in GIS. Published by Wiley; impact factor 1.398; SI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 26/76 (Geography), edited by: John P. Wilson, Qiming Zhou and Alex Singleton. Online ISSN: 1467-9671. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-9671

    [2] International Journal of Cartography. edited by: William Cartwright and Anne Ruas, ISSN 2372-9333 (print), 2372-9341 (online). http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=tica20

    [3] OSGeo Journal, the official Journal of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation; http://journal.osgeo.org/index.php/journal

    [4] FOSS4G 2016, Time Schedule: http://2016.foss4g.org/programme.html#overview

    [5]Template for submission: http://2016.foss4g.opencts.org/downloads/FOSS4G2016_templates.zip

  • Workshops

      22th - 23th August


    Workshops are a valuable component of every FOSS4G conference. They are half day (4 hours) instructional sessions in a computer lab setting. Workshop instructors provide software, data and materials to instruct 20 to 30 people. All workshop rooms will be equipped with a projector. We have 8 rooms equipped with computers for the participants (one computer for two participants) which boot from the most recent OSGeo Live Environment. Instructors will need to discuss pre-installation requirements with the Conference Organizing Committee if required. There are two more rooms for workshops which don't need computers which gives you as a workshop leader space for experiments.
    Workshops require considerable effort to produce a high-quality workshop. You are strongly encouraged to develop material for attendees to take home with them, such as handouts, a workbook, CD-ROMs, etc.



    Monday - 22nd

    Session Code Morning 9-13 Lunch 13-14 Session Code Noon 14-18
    WS01 ZOO-Project Introduction Workshop   WS12 PyWPS Workshop
    WS02 gvSIG Desktop developer workshop: how to create plug ins using Java   WS13 Running INSPIRE Download Services on Docker with deegree and PostgreSQL
    WS03 Introduction to GeoTools   WS14 GeoTools DataStore Workshop
    WS04 Hands-on mapping with Mapillary   WS15 Creating Leaflet plugins
    WS05 Mapbender3 - get to know the powerful Geoportal Framework   WS16 Introduction to OpenLayers
    WS06 Web mapping with OGC services and GeoServer: an introduction   WS17 Beyond GeoServer Basics
    WS07 QGIS from vector to raster and back again   WS18 Advanced spatial analysis with the QGIS Processing framework
    WS08 Workshop: Building Dynamic Maps with CartoDB   WS19 Publish your geodata in online/offline mobile apps
    WS09 Massage your Point Cloud data   WS20 Geopaparazzi and gvSIG: never out of data in the field
    WS10 Managing Versioned Data with QGIS using GeoGig   WS21 Which city is the cultural capital of Europe? An intro to Apache PySpark for Big Data GeoAnalysis
    WS11 Introduction to Open Source Geospatial   WS22 I have data with TIME, ELEVATION and other dimensions: what can GeoServer do for me?


    Tuesday - 23rd

    Session Code Morning 9-13 Lunch 13-14 Session Code Noon 14-18
    WS23 All you need to know to manage your sensor observation with istSOS   WS33 Observation Data in INSPIRE: OGC SOS as INSPIRE Download Service
    WS24 GeoNetwork from scratch   WS34 Hook your own customizations into GeoNetwork
    WS25 GeoNode Developers Workshop   WS35 Building geo search applications with Elasticsearch
    WS26 A Leaflet map with Node.js, MongoDB and Heroku   WS36 Building Standards Compliant Geospatial Web Applications - the Quick and Easy MapMint Way
    WS27 Unleash the power of GRASS GIS 7   WS37 Introduction to MapFish Print 3: Maps, Templates and Reports
    WS28 GeoServer Styling Workshop   WS38 Enterprise class deployment for GeoServer and GeoWebcache: Optimizing performances and robustness
    WS29 Creating a full featured spatial data infrastructure around QGIS and PostGIS   WS39 QGIS Plugin Development with PyQt4 and PyQGIS
    WS30 Creating WebGIS Applications with GeoExt 3   WS40 Rapid deployment of complete open source geospatial infrastructure with GIS.lab
    WS31 Managing CityGML-based 3D city models in PostGIS and Cesium using the 3DCityDB Stack   WS41 Serve your GIS 3D data to the Web
    WS32 GeoPython   WS42 FOSS4G routing with pgRouting



    Important Dates

    • Call for Workshops starts 21st January
    • Call for Workshops closes 21st March
    • Workshop Selection Results will be announced on 8th April
    • Detailed Workshop Program will be announced on 15th April
    • Workshop leader/s have to register until July, 10th
    • Workshop leader/s need to deliver OSGeo-Live-Content until July, 10th
    • Workshop will be on 22th and 23rd August


    If you have any questions please contact

  • B2B Meeting

      23rd August


    We would like to establish FOSS4G also as a platform for business and networking. Without companies and freelancers doing business with and around Open Source Software for Geospatial, our community wouldn't experience the growth it has in the past years.

    In our business, networking and companies working together is a strong value we can offer to our customers. Networking has many dimensions: it's important to concentrate man-power, to be able to cover specialized tasks and it also has a spatial context, because also bigger companies have difficulties to act all over the globe without having local representatives. With the upcoming FOSS4G event we would like to give companies, freelancers and other organisations the opportunity to grow their network in a specialized format.

    For that, we have scheduled a "B2B"-conference on Tuesday, August 23rd, just a day before the main conference starts. The format we've chosen is called "Pecha Kucha" (http://www.pechakucha.org/). Every representative has the possibility to present her/his business. For that, you get 5 minutes (not six!) of time and 20 slides which are shown for 15 seconds each. The format will keep the presentations concise and fast-⁠paced and power our "Pecha Kucha Night". The order of the talks will be drawn live, so that you never know, when your time comes.

    At the end we will vote and determine the best presentation and ask the presenter to give another 5 minute talk - based on our slides ;-). Besides the talks, of course, there will be enough space, coffee and time for getting in direct contact with all other attendees. And the best thing is - the next day the main conference starts, so you have lots more opportunities to strengthen your network!

    Attending the B2B conference is free to all our sponsors, non-sponsors pay a 35,- € fee. B2B will be on August, 23rd in IHK Bonn from 10 a.m.-16p.m., afterwards we'll start our first pub night in Bonn.


    If you have any questions please contact

  • Code Sprints

      Part I: 21st - 23rd August

      Part II: 27th - 28th August


    This year, once again, we are following the old tradition of hosting a codesprint on the FOSS4G. More precisely, we offer a setting so that individual projects can meet for their codesprint. Since projects benefit from each other as well, the codesprint will naturally be held conjointly at one place.
    Unfortunately, circumstances have forced us to divide the codesprint timetable-wise.

    The first part is scheduled to take place directly before the conference, the second immediately after. The first two and a half days start on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at around noon and are scheduled to end on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (open end). The 2nd part starts in the morning of Saturday, August 27, 2016 and ends on Sunday at 12 pm.

    We are happy to have found a really awesome location for you. Codesprint and accommodations are combined in one hall. Check out http://www.basecamp-bonn.com for details about the venue.
    Working zones will be created for you in the breakfast area and hallways. There’s the option of finding relatively inexpensive sleeping accommodations in train sleeping cars, camping buses, classic cars and more. Additionally, an outdoor area is available for you to enjoy Bonn’s summer weather in August, while working. Healthy and not-so-healthy catering of drinks and snacks will be provided by us. Participation in codesprint is free of charge. However, overnight stays will have to be reserved and paid for by you.

    Another hint: the BaseCamp is within walking distance from the conference venue (WCCB) and has good access to public transportation – the Icebreaker takes place here, too.
    You see, it’s worthwhile booking here!

    As the accommodations are available to all FOSS4G participants, we will make an effort to make advance booking possible for you a few days ahead, to ensure you have the opportunity to sleep on-site and wrap up the evenings jointly. For that, it’s necessary for you to sign up (https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2016_Code_Sprint) and leave your email address so that we can contact you immediately accomodation booking is available. We need your sign-up for the planning of snacks and drinks, too!

    This is open to all who wish to participate in one or more projects. There’s always plenty to do – it’s not all about programming. Translation, documentation, feedback, discussions, testing – all this is also important for project so everyone is cordially invited to attend the codesprints! Registration with the conference is not a prerequisite for participation in codesprint.

    One thing we’d like to ask you: with an approx. 120 participants anticipated, the WLAN capacity will naturally be exhausted at some point. Please be sure to avoid huge on-site downloads of data, as this could impact the work of others. Thank you!

    The Codesprint Organizing Team is looking forward to your coming!



    • Part I: Sun 2016-08-21 12:00 noon - Tue 2016-08-23 (open end)
    • Part II: Sat 2016-08-27 - Sun 2016-08-28 12:00 noon



    If you have any questions please contact 


  • Poster Session

    In addition to scientific papers the Scientific Track Committee also invites everybody to hand in a poster for the scientific poster session.

    To submit a poster please register here. Please note that the poster submission is a different process from the regular FOSS4G sessions and part of the Scientific Track.


    We invite academia and researchers to submit posters in English. With the submission, please upload at least a pre-version of your poster. Posters should be a visual presentation of your project or reseach work. Posters should meet the following criteria:

    The title should be the same as indicated in the original abstract.

    Name, complete mailing address, telephone number, E-mail address and website of all authors should appear on the poster.

    Posters must be no larger than 1 metre wide x 2 metres high (39.4 x 78.7 inches or DinA0-format)

    The poster should be easily readable at a distance of two metres.

    Important Dates

    • Poster Submission Deadline:May 26th 2016
    • Decision Announcement: June 15th 2016
    • FOSS4G Conference: August 24h-26th 2016

    Review process

    We expect to select 10-15 posters for presentation at the conference. Your contributions will be reviewed (double-blind) by geospatial experts, who will assess the posters on originality and academic rigour, as well as interest for the worldwide FOSS4G and Open Data community.


    If you have any questions, please contact the chairs of the academic committee: